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Negative Declaration

Counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Richmond and Queens - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed AIA Text Amendments will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the proposal of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to amend numerous sections of the Zoning Resolution related to bulk regulations in commercial, manufacturing, and residential districts in all five boroughs. The proposed amendments are intended to allow greater design flexibility and promote better, more contextual design. A number of the provisions address issues encountered by architects working on the development of small, irregular infill sites within a largely developed urban environment. Several of the amendments concentrate on contextual zoning districts and the Quality Housing Program.

The proposal would amend several sections of the Zoning Resolution located in Article II, Chapters 3 and 4; Article III, Chapters 3 and 5; Article IV, Chapter 3; Article VII, Chapter 3; Article VIII, Chapter 4; Article IX, Chapters 3 and 8; Article X, Chapter 1; Article XI, Chapters 1, 4, and 6; and Article XII, Chapter 1. The text amendments would involve the following bulk modifications:

- Coverage on small corner lots for Quality Housing buildings.
- Density for undersized lots to be determined by underlying zoning.
- Dormers in rear setback areas for Quality Housing buildings.
- Adjustments to maximum base heights for Quality Housing buildings.
- Permitted obstructions to height and setback regulations.
- Waiver of side yards in R3-1, R3-2, R4 and R5 non-contextual districts by Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) special permit.

The proposal also includes a clarification of the applicability of residential tower regulations in certain commercial districts.

The proposed text amendments would have citywide applicability in the City of New York, New York.

Contact: Adam Lynn, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: a_lynn@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 341 Canal Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the applicant, Judo Associates, request for a special permit pursuant to Zoning Resolution section 74-712 to modify use regulations in a mixed-use building to be constructed at 341 Canal Street in the SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District in Manhattan Community District 2. The subject property is located in an M1-5B zoning district at the corner of Canal and Greene streets. Section 74-712 states that the City Planning Commission may modify use regulations in M1-5A and M1-5B districts to allow residential and ground-floor retail uses, provided that the modifications have a minimal impact on surrounding uses and are compatible with the scale and uses of the surrounding area.

The proposed action would facilitate the construction of a seven story, 66,170 square foot, mixed use building at 341 Canal Street. The building would have 32 dwelling units and 23,108 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. The project is located at 341 Canal Street in the So-Ho Cast Iron Historic Distrcit in Manhattan Community District 2, City of New York, New York.

Contact: Adam Lynn, NYC DCP, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3493, E-mail: a_lynn@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City Board of Standards and Appeals, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Congregation Shearith Israel, 6-10 West 70th Street, Manhattan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a variance (§ 72-21) to allow a nine (9) story residential/community facility building; the proposal is contrary to regulations for lot coverage (§ 24-11), rear yard (§ 24-36), base height, building height and setback (§ 23-633) and rear setback (§ 23-663) in R8B and R10A districts. The project is located at 6-10 West 70th Street, Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Jed Weiss, NYC Board of Standard and Appeals, 40 Rector St., 9th Floor, New York, NY 10006-1705, Phone: (212) 788-8781, E-mail: jweiss@dcas.nyc.gov.


Conditioned Negative Declaration

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 250 West 55th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the applicant, Gladden Properties, LLC, request for a zoning authorization pursuant to Section 81-744 (b) of the Zoning Resolution (ZR) to allow the transfer of 48,204 square feet of unused development rights from the landmarked Booth Theater and Schubert Theater to a development site located at 250 West 55th Street within Manhattan Community District 5. The development site is a split zoning lot located in C6-4, C6-5, C6-6 and C6-7 zoning districts within the Theater Subdistrict of the Special Midtown District. A portion of the project site located within 100 feet of Eighth Avenue is also within the Eighth Avenue Corridor of the Theater Subdistrict. The Booth and Schubert Theaters are located at 222 West 45th Street and 225 West 44th Street, respectively. No changes to these sites would occur with the proposed action.

In addition to the proposed zoning authorization, the applicant is seeking a zoning certification pursuant to ZR Section 81-744 (a) to transfer 109,432 square feet of unused development rights from the Booth and Schubert Theaters, and a zoning certification pursuant to ZR Section 81-746 (a) to shift 82,386 square feet of floor area from the C6-6/C6-7 portion of the site to the C6-4/C6-5 portion of the site.

The proposed actions would facilitate the development of an approximately 847,368 gross square foot, 39-story commercial building with 29,425 gross square foot of retail use on the ground floor and 817,943 gross square foot of office use above. The building is expected to rise to 605 feet in height; however, to ensure a conservative analysis, the maximum achievable height of 615 feet was analyzed in the EAS. The building is expected to be completed and occupied in 2010.

The project is located at 250 55th Street within Manhattan Community District 5 in New York City, New York.

The conditions are: The applicant agrees via a restrictive declaration to prepare a hazardous materials sampling protocol including a health and safety plan, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocol and, if any such impact is found, submit a hazardous material remediation plan including a health and safety plan to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plan.

Contact:
Brad Keives, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3417, E-mail: bkieves@planning.nyc.gov.


New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 534 West 49th Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact provided specific conditions are met. There will be a 30 day public comment period commencing with the date of this notice. The action involves the proposal by the applicant to develop two new, seven-story residential buildings on the project site, which would contain a total of 127,496 gross square feet of residential floor area (up to148 market-rate dwelling units) and 17,667 square feet of public and accessory parking in a shared basement. The larger of the two buildings, at 7 stories, containing 66,831 square feet, would be located along the south side of West 49th Street; the smaller building, also 7 stories in height, would contain 60,042 square feet of floor area, would be located along the north side of West 48th Street. The proposed parking garage would contain a minimum of 31 accessory parking spaces and up to 57 public parking spaces and would be accessed via one curb cut located on West 48th Street. The project site is currently occupied with a public parking garage, a parking lot and an automotive repair facility, which would be demolished. It is expected that the proposed development would be constructed and fully occupied by 2009. The project is located on the block bounded by West 49th Street to the north, 10th Avenue to the east, 48th Street to the south, and 11th Avenue to the east in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, Community District 4, New York City, New York. The applicant's development site is located at 534 West 49th Street.

The conditions are: The applicant agrees via restrictive declarations to prepare hazardous materials sampling protocols, including health and safety plans, which would be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for approval. The applicant agrees to test and identify any potential hazardous material impact pursuant to the approved sampling protocols and, if any such impact is found, submit hazardous material remediation plans including health and safety plans to DEP for approval. If necessary, remediation measures would be undertaken pursuant to the remediation plans.


Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.


Positive Declaration and Public Scoping

New York County (Manhattan) - The New York City City Planning Commission, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed 770 Eleventh Avenue Mixed Use Development Rezoning may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted November 26, 2007. A public scoping session will be held on November 15, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Spector Hall, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. The action involves the applicant, Two Trees Management Corp., seeking multiple actions in connection with a proposal for a mixed-use development at 770 Eleventh Avenue. Since the 770 Eleventh Avenue Mixed Use Development project consists of actions subject to approvals by the CPC, the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), and the Housing Finance Agency (HFA), the CPC will conduct a coordinated environmental review in conjunction with the other involved agencies. The actions requiring CPC approval consist of a Zoning Map Amendment, two Zoning Text Amendments, a Site Selection, and a Special Permit pursuant to a General Large-Scale Development. Additionally, a Special Permit will be sought from the Board of Standards and Appeals to operate a health club establishment and the applicant will be seeking approval by the NY State Housing Finance Agency for tax exempt bond financing for an 80/20 affordable housing program.

These actions would facilitate a proposal by the applicant to construct an approximately 1.1 million square foot mixed-use development rising to a maximum of 32 stories (including two mechanical levels above the top residential story) with two cellar levels on a 94,463 square foot project site. The development proposal includes a total of 900 dwelling units (720 market rate and 180 affordable units); 16,000 square feet of local retail space, intended to be a food market; 31,000 square feet of health club space; 236,000 square feet of automobile sales, preparation and repairs space; 28,000 square feet of NYPD Mounted Unit facility (stable and related space); and 225 accessory parking spaces (the maximum permitted as-of-right). Current plans call for the local retail space to be occupied by a supermarket on the ground floor and mezzanine above it. The 236,000 square feet of automotive use would consist of an auto dealership space with 66,000 square feet of showroom and related space on the ground floor and mezzanine above it, along the Eleventh Avenue frontage, and approximately 170,000 square feet of space for vehicle storage in two below-grade cellar levels, which would be accessible from vehicular entrances on West 53rd and West 54th Streets. The NYPD Mounted Unit facility would include horse stables, offices, and related facilities on the ground floor on the midblock portion of the site via an additional curb cut on West 53rd Street. The accessory parking is proposed to be located on the second floor, and would be accessed by a third new curb cut on West 53rd Street.

The project is located at 770 Eleventh Avenue, a 94,463 square foot property bounded by Eleventh Avenue on the west, West 54th Street on the north, and West 53rd Street on the south. The site is located in an M1-5 zoning district in the Clinton neighborhood of Community District 4, Manhattan, New York.

Contact: Robert Dobruskin, NYC Department of City Planning, 22 Reade Street, Room 4E, New York, NY 10007, Phone: (212) 720-3423.






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